Retina Specialists Launch Education Campaign

Published: September 28, 2021

Diabetic retinopathy diagram

The American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) has launched a new initiative, “See For A Lifetime,” to raise awareness and action around retinal diseases that each year put millions at risk for blindness. The educational initiative is geared to teach people about conditions such as age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, both causes of preventable blindness.

“See For A Lifetime” shares this information(1)

  • Knowing retinal disease risk factors and symptoms can save your sight. Retina health is key to healthy vision, yet it is often overlooked until visual changes occur. Knowing the risks and catching any early signs of disease can help preserve vision from blinding eye conditions like diabetic retinopathy or AMD. Common adult symptoms of retinal disease include blurred central vision, distortion or straight lines appearing wavy, and sudden onset of floaters or flashes of light. Common risk factors for retinal disease include older age, family history, smoking, high blood pressure and cholesterol, or diabetes.
  • Early detection is a game changer. Many retinal diseases have few noticeable symptoms in their early stages. With regular dilated retina exams, your eye physician can help preserve your sight by detecting signs of a retina condition early, before extensive damage occurs. Patients who seek care from a retina specialist in a timely manner have the best chance at preserving or improving their vision.
  • Retina specialists can help you See For A Lifetime: Innovative treatments developed and delivered by retina specialists can prevent vision loss, allowing patients to maintain active, independent lives. With the right screening, and ongoing monitoring and treatment, almost all patients with retinal diseases can avoid significant vision loss.

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(1) American Society of Retina Specialists, ASRS Launches See For A Lifetime Initiative to Drive Awareness and Action Around Retinal Diseases that Put Millions at Risk for Blindness,